I'm OBSESSSSSED! I mean seriously... and I am going to learn how to weave. It's my plan to learn actually over the Christmas holidays. After things slow down a bit with the shop and everything. You know when things are a little less bonkers around here. Until then though... I am seriously obsessed with woven wall hangings. They add the perfect mix of color, texture, and variety to a space. They break up walls full of frames. They are just a little taste of bohemian and vintage all wrapped up in one. I have two already and can't wait to put something gigantic together for another empty wall in my den! So be honest... what do you think?? Are you loving them?! Head on over to CupcakeMAG today for all the details on my favorite places to find them!
pants: free people // shirt: target // cardigan: nordstrom rack (old) // jacket: target // shoes: minnetonka // necklace: shop arroyo, moorea seal // rings: st. eve jewelry, paint the town me, christina nicole
Since moving to the PNW I've learned a few things, you know, the important things in life here in the Pacific Northwest. Simple things like... it doesn't really rain hard often, there is just always a mist in the air. Or that people in the Seattle area really have no idea how to merge onto the highway (honestly we probably shouldn't get started on how I feel about the drivers around here...) The best thing I've learned though is how there are some seriously tasty things to eat. Sure there is no way you're going to find an incredible Italian hoagie or cheese steak. But teriyaki... MY GOSH! I could eat it every night. No lie. Even my kids ask for it almost daily...
This weekend though my husband took me out on a date, simple, slightly impromptu, and fabulous! We went to get pho... It was my first time. I had no idea what I was ordering or doing. But guess what... of course it was absolutely delicious!!! The broth... the noodles... the spices... and did I mention the broth??
Yep... it isn't a hoagie... but I can't complain about being able to get pho (or teriyaki because it rocks my world) on basically every street corner!
they didn't want the dogs to get them and their snacks.
empty boxes... the ultimate toy, even in Home Depot!
absolutely no idea. she was talking to her baby the entire time though!
making "noodles and sauce"
injecting water into his apple with a medicine syringe
hammering nails like a kid on Christmas
I've forgotten something the past couple weeks that I promised myself as a mother I would always remember. It's been a stressful, busy, crazy few weeks and I can feel the pressure just weighing down on me. To add to that though... I've noticed my children are feeling it. They are sensing the pressure and stress I've been dealing with making things rather interesting around here.
You know though, that isn't the worst part. I've always told myself with my children that unless it was legitimately unsafe, or would cause harm, damage, or was just plain wrong, I would always try to say yes to my children. I want them to feel safe asking me for things and coming to me with problems. I want them to feel free to explore and learn whenever and whatever they want. Of course there are serious times when "No" must be the answer, like when Mikah wants to use a steak knife to make her "noodles and sauce." But there are so many times when the answer can be yes and I've chosen to say no simply because it came out before I really thought about it or because I didn't want to be bothered.
So when I found Christopher hammering nails randomly into my walls this weekend, I set him up on our new pallet wood wall and told him to have at it. The look on his face when I told him it was okay was priceless. He looked like a kid on Christmas! And to be honest, it would take me quite awhile to find the three nails he managed to hammer all the way into the wood... But it was nice to say "Yes!" It was so nice to relax for a minute, think about what was going to make him happy and what would teach him the most, BEFORE I made a decision.
And that, my friends, is what I want to remember this week... think before I say "No" because the answer usually can be "Yes." Because let's be honest... my kid is too stinking stubborn to take no for an answer unless I sit him down and explain why he could die doing it anyway!
shirt: free people // pants: target // shoes: minnetonka // cardigan: nordstrom rack // necklace: shop arroyo, mountain lust jewelry // rings: dora lou, reverie-the shop // bracelets: pineapplebling
I have to tell you what was going on behind the scenes here because let's be honest. Taking these pictures each week is not the highlight of life. Generally I have to coerce my husband somehow to get outside and take them. Sometimes he will only take 4-5 pictures before he says he's done. In all fairness, sometimes he will take fabulous photos without complaint These however... these were taken as the last outfit of a series of 3 outfits (I wanted it to be four but there was no way.) There was dog poop all over those rocks so I couldn't really move anywhere without stepping in it. The actual dogs reeeeeeally wanted to be in the photo so my husband had to keep calling them after almost every shot. Meanwhile my children were playing in the poop infested yard, Mikah in just her panties refusing to get dressed. Bet you can guess where this is going........ yeah it didn't take long before Christopher stepped in dog poop. He told me what happened and followed it up very quickly with, I'm going to wash it off! Then he took off... INTO MY HOUSE! I think I ran for the first time in months, scooped him up, and then we had a chat about why you can't go walking through the house with dog poop on your foot. Ooooh mom life...
Honestly I think the whole idea of "finding balance" is kind of bogus. There is no way it can happen. You only have so much time in a day, you only have so many things you can physically do. It all depends on how you want to spend your time... For me there is absolutely no way that I have time in a day to cook meals, clean the house, take care of children, AND run a business. It just isn't going to happen. In fact usually I don't even have time to run a business and blog. Sacrifices have to be made.
I would lie though if I said that things in the past year haven't gotten better. I don't think though that I've discovered how to find balance, I think I've discovered how to make things work, do things more efficiently, let things go a little more. I don't stress over a sink full of dishes that gets left for a day or two. I've realized that I have to choose what my priorities for that day are like I've talked about before... is it going to be showering and business work? or running errands and cooking dinner? It isn't all going to happen.
My mom shared a quote a few weeks ago though that has really stuck to me and made me re-think my "balance" that I thought I had figured out. It was found in a talk given by Tad R. Callister during the most recent LDS General Conference. He said, "We might all ask ourselves: do our children receive our best spiritual, intellectual, and creative efforts, or do they receive our leftover time and talents, after we have given our all to our Church calling or professional pursuits? ... As parents, we can proceed with the assurance God will never leave us alone. God never gives us a responsibility without offering divine aid." Am I giving my children the best of my time? Are they getting the "after thought" energy? They are my most important work. They are why I do what I do. I just needed a little kick in the pants maybe to remember that...because sometimes being a mom is hard.
Guys... I just have to tell you how amazing this vast community is. The support and love is endless... I can't believe how lucky I am to be part of it! I'm just feeling so blessed and so incredibly grateful these days I had to do something. So what better than a sale... right?! Because you guys totally ROCK my world! So starting now through Sunday night at midnight EST use the code YOUROCK20 and receive 20% off your entire order in my shop! (Fine print below...)*
And just in time for a sale... there have been some scarves restocked in the shop this week!! Some of them are going pretty fast my friends AND this is the last time they will be restocked! Gotta make some room for some holiday pieces. So if you've got your eye on something GET IT QUICK because they sure do go fast sometimes!
As always, you are beautiful and amazing. Love you my friends!
*Sale valid on new purchases only and can not be combined with other coupons. Sale ends at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Sunday November 9, 2014. For any questions or concerns please contact me at justdawnelleATgmailDOTcom.
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Want to know all the secrets to all the fabulous bohemian pieces I have in my house?? Well... look no further my friends because here they are! All the shops with all the unique pieces I'm filling my house with and am still drooling over and waiting to fill my house with. These are my hands down favorite shops right now to find unique, different, bohemian, exciting pieces for my home. I can honestly and truly say that I have ordered from the majority of these shops (some of them more than once!) and they will not disappoint... promise!
For all the details head on over to CupcakeMAG!!! Now I've shared all my secrets with you... spill it my friends! Where do you like to shop for your home??